Touch History is an accessible tour on April 14 (9:30 a.m.) that brings building details to life for visitors through their sense of touch. Contact: 202.707.2153.
Family Building Tour — This kid-friendly tour of the Thomas Jefferson Building is recommended for families with children ages 6-12. An adult must accompany children. Adult participation may be limited to two per extended family or friend group. Check-in is at the ground-floor information desk for availability. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are approximately 40 minutes. Contact: 202.707.9799.
Dates for the family building tour are April 6 (10 a.m.), 7 (10 a.m.).
Mythology Tour — Patrons are invited to experience the Thomas Jefferson Building as Mount Olympus. The tour invites participants to discover your favorite gods, heroes and mythological characters at the Library of Congress. Check-in is at the ground floor information desk. Participation is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tours are approximately 40 minutes. Contact: 202.707.9799.
Recommended for children ages 8-14. An adult must accompany children. Adult participation may be limited to two per extended family or friend group
Date remaining for mythology tour: April 5 (10 a.m.).
Evolution of the Book Explore Cart — Explore the evolution of books, from prehistoric cave paintings to emoji and tablets. Activities may include writing with cuneiform on clay tablets, decoding oracle bones, practicing calligraphy with reed styluses and feather quills, or printing with metal, movable type. The carts can be found throughout the Great Hall of the Thomas Jefferson Building. Mondays, periodic Thursdays, and Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Jefferson Building Architecture Explore Cart — Explore the impact of the Industrial Revolution on the design and construction of the Thomas Jefferson Building; learn about architectural symbolism of the Gilded Age; touch materials and tools used to create the building that has become the heart of the Library of Congress. Tuesdays: 1:30-2:30 p.m., Wednesdays: 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Public Tours Of…
Docent-led tour of the exhibition “Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I.” Meet the docent at the entrance to the exhibition to join the tour. Tours have currently been scheduled for 1 p.m. on:
April 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27
May 1, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25
Docent-led tours of the exhibition “Exploring the Early Americas,” which examines indigenous cultures, the drama of the encounters between Native Americans and Europeans, and the resulting changes caused by the meeting of the two worlds. Meet the docent at the entrance to the exhibition to join the tour. Tours have currently been scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on:
April 2, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25, 27, 30
May 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 30
Curator Led Tour — Exhibition curator and Prints and Photographs Division specialist Martha Kennedy will present highlights of the exhibition “Drawn to Purpose: American Women Illustrators and Cartoonists.” The tour will take place May 16 at 11 a.m. Contact: 202.707.0245.